Bio-Ethics and Security introduces two important studies in the bio-medical field. Security, the study of all aspects related to the privacy, integrity and authenticity of data and processes in information systems with important ramifications for biomedical-data processing. And Bioethics, the study of the ethical issues emerging from ongoing developments in biology and medicine.
In this course, Security will be firstly introduced by starting with an overview of important algorithms, systems and aspects for the security of biomedical-data. Basic cryptographic concepts, algorithms and protocols are discussed. Important biomedical security subjects such as the authentication, security, and privacy of patient data; privacy and security in biomedical applications; anonymity, security, and authentication of research data are discussed in several case studies.
Secondly, the principles and theories that are related to bioethics will be introduced. Furthermore, students will learn how to apply these principles and theories in varied ethical dilemmas arising from medical and non-medical life sciences. Rich and diverse topics, that bioinformaticians are closely involved, are collected for seminars. Students get the opportunity to share their opinions in the class and improve the capacity of moral reasoning about bioethical issues.
Obtain knowledge on the major cryptographic algorithms and protocols for data anonymity, security, authentication and privacy.
Obtain knowledge on the problems and solutions in the area of Biomedical Security.
Be able to understand and evaluate proposed cryptographic solutions in the area of Biomedical Security.
Clarify the fundamental principles and theories that relate to bioethics.
Apply normative ethical theories to complex bioethical issues.
Evaluate multiple perspectives concerning diverse bioethical issues.
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Mode of instruction
Hours of study: 84 (= 3 EC)
Lectures and Assignments: 30
Debate session: 10
The final grade will be based on the student's presence and active participation in seminar discussion and debate sessions, assignments, and a final technical paper (8 pages). All assignment sets are graded with a fail/pass. To pass the course 5 of the 6 assignment sets should have a pass.
The final grade = the grade for the final technical paper, if at least 5 of the 6 assignments have a pass.
The final grade = 4, if less than 5 of the 6 assignments have a pass.
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Scientific papers from conferences, workshops and journals.
Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress, Oxford University Press (Seventh Edition).
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